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Thursday24 July 2014

Zaha Hadid creates billionaire bungalows in Singapore

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Zaha Hadid has extended her global reach with two landmark bungalows, designed for a polo-playing billionaire property developer in Singapore.

These are the first images of the Nassim Road villas, which are located close to the Singapore Botanical Gardens.

Their proximity to the lush tropical greenery has informed the design which attempts to mimic the landscape around of it.

A series of terraces and ramps are used to “usher the landscape into the heart of the villas”, weaving the site into the building.

A dramatically cantilevered roof doubles as a terrace from which future owners of the properties will be able to look into the gardens.

The scheme has been created for developer Satinder Garcha, sometime captain of the Singapore polo team who made his fortune with an IT services company.

Garcha is known to be a hands-on client. The 39-year-old has said that he generates 80% of the design ideas for his projects himself.

However, he told the Straits Times in 2008, that there were nonetheless crucial reasons for hiring a signature architect.

“There are many architects in Singapore who could do the job, but there is the branding to consider,” he explained.

Speaking before the global economic downturn he said he expected to sell each of the properties for between $40 million and $50 million.

The villas are Hadid’s first residential project in Singapore, and a start date for the project has not yet been announced.

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  • I know "Billionaire Bungalows" is pleasantly alliterative, but could the author please point out that in Singapore, bungalow is not a reference to a single storey or storey and half, but rather quite a grand house with its own compound.

    I was almost looking for a thatched roof in the photos.

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  • I wondered where I had left my stapler

    David Scott, Stroud

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  • I was thinking the same about my hole punch :D

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  • But why would you want to pay $40 million to be that close to your neighbour and a busy junction??

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  • The interior looks like an office scheme

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  • lovely model, rubbish as a real home for living in. Typical starchitect stuff.

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  • What crass and pessimistic comments, for a peanut gallery of architects to make!... A chorus of designers are questioning whether there would be anyone would want to live in a house of such innovative design as these? I suppose brick Victorians might be more appropriate in their opinion? I'd gladly give up a testicle to swap mine for one of these.

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  • michael, if I had a spare 40-50 million lying around I wouldn't be buying one of these. Maybe reconsider your actions before going ahead with the swap

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  • Dominic Wilson

    Yes...it looks exactly like the landscape around it...

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  • The buildings do not "mimic the landsape around of it" [sic], it purely mimics every other building Zaha has ever designed. Why cannot they be honest about this?

    It looks like the efforts of a one trick pony...

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